FINANCE: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust looks set to exceed its deficit target as it struggles with higher than expected staff costs, its board papers reveal.

The Shropshire trust’s shortfall stood at £8.7m in September, against a deficit target of 8.9m for the entire year.

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Thee possibility of extra funding from CCGs to support Shrewsbury and Telford’s emergency admissions is due to be discussed

According to papers presented at its October board meeting, the trust is now expecting a £12.4m deficit unless it receives extra financial support.

Shrewsbury and Telford’s financial position is based to a large extent on higher than expected pay costs because of an overspend on agency staff.

At the end of September spending on pay exceeded planned levels by £2.75m.

Of the trust’s £1.6m nursing overspend, £1.4m related to the use of agency staff.

The possibility of extra funding from clinical commissioning groups to support Shrewsbury and Telford’s emergency admissions is due to be discussed at a meeting between the CCGs, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

However the trust admitted the “ability of the CCGs to provide this seems limited”.